Alicia Jo Rabins—Torah scholar, fem-folkie, punk maven—writes songs inspired by biblical heroines. Rabins debuts a world-premiere song about Hagar, commissioned by the Contemporary Jewish Museum in conjunction with the CJM installation, Hagar in the Desert. In the biblical story, Hagar was the Egyptian maidservant of Sarah, wife of Abraham. Unable to conceive, Sarah encourages Abraham to have a child with Hagar, but once Hagar becomes pregnant with Ishmael, she is treated poorly by Sarah and flees. An angel visits and assures her that she and her son Ishmael will be protected and urges her to return to Abraham. Although protected by God, Hagar and her son become wanderers in the wilderness.


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